Border Disputes: Recent Debates along the Perception–Cognition Border

Philosophy Compass 18 (8):e12936 (2023)
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The distinction between perception and cognition frames countless debates in philosophy and cognitive science. But what, if anything, does this distinction actually amount to? In this introductory article, we summarize recent work on this question. We first briefly consider the possibility that a perception-cognition border should be eliminated from our scientific ontology, and then introduce and critically examine five positive approaches to marking a perception–cognition border, framed in terms of phenomenology, revisability, modularity, format, and stimulus-dependence.

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Sam Clarke
University of Southern California
Jacob Beck
York University


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